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Shops in Arles-sur-Tech, with the Tour Saint-Sauveur in the background
Shops in Arles-sur-Tech, with the Tour Saint-Sauveur in the background
Arles-sur-Tech is located in France
Coordinates: 42°27′27″N 2°38′04″E / 42.4575°N 2.6344°E / 42.4575; 2.6344Coordinates: 42°27′27″N 2°38′04″E / 42.4575°N 2.6344°E / 42.4575; 2.6344
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Arles-sur-Tech
Intercommunality Haut Vallespir
 • Mayor (2014–2020) René Bantoure
Area1 28.82 km2 (11.13 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 2,671
 • Density 93/km2 (240/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66009 / 66150
Elevation 226–1,302 m (741–4,272 ft)
(avg. 300 m or 980 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Arles-sur-Tech (Catalan: Arles de Tec) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.


Arboussols is located in the canton of Arles-sur-Tech and in the arrondissement of Céret.

Arles-sur-Tech is situated in the southernmost valley in mainland France before Spain, the Vallespir, through which the 84 km (52 mi) long river "Tech" flows. This small town is surrounded by the eastern Pyrenees which dominate skyline around Arles-sur-Tech. The town sits on the only main road which passes through the valley, the D 115, making it accessible from Spain in the west and the plane of Roussillon and Perpignan in the east. It is located close to the larger and more well-known spa town of Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda.

Map of Arles-sur-Tech and its surrounding communes

Government and politics[edit]


Mayor Term start Term end
Jean-Baptiste Serradell 1807 1808
Abdon Desclaus 1808 1813
Jean-Baptiste Serradell[1] 1813 1815
Jean Galangau 1815 1827
Dominique Jofre 1827 1830
Joseph Pallarès 1892 1908
Jean Vilar 1908 1914
Baptiste Pams 1914 1941
Lucien Trenet (father of Charles Trenet) 1941 1942
Pierre Sola 1942 1944
Baptiste Pams 1944 1967
Paul Lavanga 1967 1983
Marcel Charlet 1983 1989
Albert Costa 1989 2001
René Ala 2001 2008
René Bantoure 2008

International relations[edit]

Arles-sur-Tech is twinned with:


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,604 —    
1968 2,760 +6.0%
1975 2,945 +6.7%
1982 2,889 −1.9%
1990 2,837 −1.8%
1999 2,700 −4.8%
2006 2,767 +2.5%
2009 2,757 −0.4%

Sites of interest[edit]

  • Saint-Mary Abbey : Arles-sur-Tech is best known for its abbey, which allegedly holds the relics of Saints Abdon and Sennen in a sarcophagus called Sainte Tombe, traditionally believed to have been brought from Rome by Abbot Arnulf in the middle of the tenth century.[3] Its waters are traditionally believed to hold miraculous healing properties.[4]
  • The Caixa de Rotllan, a dolmen.
  • Saint-Stephen church
  • Saint-Saviour church
  • Saint-Peter church
  • Holy Cross church
  • The Fou canyon, said to be the world's narrowest.


  • Abbé Adolphe Crastre, Histoire du martyre des saints Abdon et Sennen, de leurs reliques, de leurs miracles, de leur culte et de l'eau miraculeuse du sarcophage (Amélie-les-Bains, 1932). Facsimile reprint, Nîmes: Les Éditions Lacour-Ollé, 2005. ISBN 2-7504-1045-2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Arles, le 11 juin 1815, 14 january 2014
  2. ^ (Catalan) Infos on Cubelles municipal website
  3. ^ Joan Evans, Cluniac Art of The Romanesque Period (Cambridge University Press, 1950). Citing L'abbé Joseph Gibrat, Aperçu historique sur l'abbaye d'Arles-sur-Tech, page 15 (Céret, L. Roque, 1922. In-8°, 93 p.).
  4. ^ Milburg Francisco Mansfield, Castles and chateaux of old Navarre and the Basque provinces: including also Foix, Roussillon and Béarn (I. Pitman, 1908).

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